Jackie Signs; Williams Rips Sewell’s “Ephus” Pitch

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By Glen Sparks

Look back at the 1946 MLB season.

  • Branch Rickey signs Jackie Robinson to a contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He plays the 1946 season for the Montreal Royals of the International League, the Dodgers’ top farm club.
  • Bob Feller, ace of the Cleveland Indians, tosses the second no-hitter of his career on April 30 at home. He beats the New York Yankees 1-0. Rapid Robert retired with three no-no’s, the first pitcher to reach that mark.
  • The Chicago Cubs score six runs in the first inning and six in the ninth, the first team to do that, on May 18. The Cubbies score seven more runs in between and beat the New York Giants 19-3.
  • Mel Ott gets an early shower twice on June 9. Umpires throw out the New York Giants manager, and former ballplayer, from both ends of a doubleheader. The Giants lose each game to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
  • The American League pummels the National League 12-0 in the All-Star Game on July 9 at Boston’s Fenway Park. The game is most famous for Ted Williams’ home run off a Rip Sewell “ephus” pitch. Teddy Ballgame goes 4-for-4 and drove in five runs at his home park.
  • Relief pitcher Tom Ferrick of the St. Louis Browns wins both games of a doubleheader against the Philadelphia A’s on Aug. 4.1495540_374948919334350_1921658302255969909_n
  • The Red Sox clinch the A.L. pennant on Sept. 13 at Cleveland’s League Park. Boston beats the Indians 1-0 on an inside-the-park home run, the only one of his career.
  • The St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox finish tied for first place for the National League pennant. The teams play a best-of-three series, and the Cards win both games.
  • St. Louis beats Boston in seven games in the World Series. Harry Walker bats .412 (7-for-17) for the Cards and drives in six runs. Harry Brecheen wins three games for St. Louis and posts a 0.45 ERA in 20 innings.
  • Ted Williams wins the AL MVP (38 HR, 123 RBI, .342 BA, .497 on-base, .667 slugging and 142 runs scored); Stan Musial takes home the NL MVP trophy (16 HR, 103 RBI, .365 BA, .434 on-base, .587 slugging, 124 runs scored, 50 doubles, 20 triples and 228 hits).
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